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Thank you Jeff, and good choice. The passage I have gone from, since those early days of following the building StackOverflow, has been incredibly inspired by your work. Particularly the podcast which I followed every week. I've managed to go from project manager to half coder / half business owner since then. I've worked with Google and other amazing companies, and I simply would not have got to where I am today without you (and Joel) for inspiration. I now hope to continue to build my company and maintain your pragmatic views on as many things as possible (Do you remember a question about this http://stackoverflow.com/questions/204572/ on the podcast? very exciting to hear you discuss the problem!) I also deeply respect your decision about taking things easier. In the last 6 months I had, been putting in 90-120(once) hours a week, and it was an absurd way to live. I was in a position where I took on too much work, but it is hard not to when starting a business and getting cashflow going. I did some amazing work http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1U5Pv7D43qA which was my dream to be a part of (digital art). However my personal life has taken a beating, and I can't help but think I could have done things differently if I hadn't pushed so hard. It's difficult when your in the mode to see, especially if you get on a role of overwork. I hope others can learn from your example, and achieve a good balance, however hard that is to do. Enjoy your new life.
Toggle Commented Feb 9, 2012 on Farewell Stack Exchange at Coding Horror
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